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UK Weather: Spring Snow Slashes Odds On A White Easter (PICTURES)

11/03/2013 12:01 GMT | Updated 11/03/2013 12:07 GMT

Anyone planning a trip to the seaside over the Easter bank holiday might want to think again.

Because far from being bathed in spring sunshine, Britain could be covered in snow in the final weekend of March.

Bookies have slashed the odds on a white Easter - which would be the first proper one for 30 years.

It comes as winter weather returns to the UK with a vengeance, bringing travel chaos to the roads and railways.

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Snow has returned to the UK

Temperatures are expected to plummet to -7C with freezing winds buffeting travellers.

There was a smattering of Easter snow in 2008, but 1983 remains the snowiest one on record.

Forecasters said it was too early to speculate on whether this Easter weekend - March 29 to April 1 - could match it.

But that hasn't stopped the bookies, with Ladbrokes offering evens on snow falling in any major city and 4/1 on 2013 being the coldest Easter on record.

Spokeswoman Jessica Bridge said: "The odds of snow falling over Easter are dropping as quick as the temperatures.

"Only a week ago the UK was basking in the sunshine but there's no chance that this month will be the warmest March on record now."

Speaking about an improvement on the weather, Alexi Boothman, meteorologist at Meteogroup, said milder weather was expected towards the end of the week.